[Kansas City.com] Kansas City gave Willie Roaf the boost he needed to be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Roaf, a towering offensive tackle who spent the last four seasons of his career with the Chiefs after nine years in New Orleans, was among six players voted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday night.
“The Kansas City years were more important (for the Hall of Fame) than the New Orleans years, even though I went to seven Pro Bowls in New Orleans,” Roaf said by phone while en route to Indianapolis, where he will be introduced with the rest of the Class of 2012 before the Super Bowl.
“I went to Kansas City and played with that great offensive line … I needed Kansas City more than Kansas City needed me, and I’m thankful to (them) for giving me a chance to play.”
Former Chiefs guard Will Shields, who helped Roaf power the Chiefs’ prolific offenses during 2002-05, was one of 15 modern-day finalists in his first year of eligibility but was eliminated in the reduction to 10 candidates.